The South West Prospect of Manchester, in the County Palatine of Lancaster

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Cabinet Office, 35 Great Smith Street

    This panorama of Manchester, published in the early 18th century by brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, shows the city surrounded by green fields. The most dominate building is the central church, labelled in the key below the image as ‘The Collegiate Church.’ The building, begun in 1421, acquired Cathedral status in 1847 and remains a significant feature of the city today.

  • About the artist
    Brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck made their names as leading British topographical draughtsmen of the 18th century. Over a period of 34 years, the Bucks produced several hundred drawings and engravings, including 87 engraved prospects of England and Wales. These are now important visual records of the appearance of British urban landscapes prior to the changes that occurred during the Industrial Revolution. In some cases, the places depicted have since disappeared or changed beyond recognition.
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  • Details
    Title
    The South West Prospect of Manchester, in the County Palatine of Lancaster
    Date
    1728
    Medium
    Coloured engraving
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Parker Gallery, March 1968
    GAC number
    8023